This year, we are proud to work with members of our grant program and our Confluence Program to secure permanent protection of these threatened natural spaces. Stay tuned to learn about additional 2023-2024 priorities.
Chuckwalla National Monument
Chuckwalla National Monument in Southern California would protect nearly 700,000 acres of vital public lands in the California Desert. If designated, the national monument would stretch from the Southern border of Joshua Tree National Park, bordering the Chuckwalla Valley, and connect to the Colorado River. The area offers visitors beautiful views of colorful rock formations and popular hikes into narrow canyons. Permanent protections for Chuckwalla would preserve recreation access to popular places like the Mecca Hills and Orocopia Mountains, safeguard World War II historical sites, and the Bradshaw Trail, and protect vital habitats for chuckwalla (the monument’s namesake), desert bighorn sheep, and desert tortoise.
Dolores River – Colorado
The Dolores River Canyon Country in Southwest Colorado is one of Colorado’s last wild places, spanning an area of nearly 500,000 acres of public lands and 162 river miles of stunning high-desert landscapes. This area is in need of permanent protection and has been the focus of local advocacy for the past 50 years, dating to the designation of the Dolores River as an original potential addition in the 1969 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The river and surrounding canyon country have been the bedrock of life for generations, sustaining Indigenous communities, rich biodiversity, and is home to small towns weathering the boom and bust cycles of extractive industries over the past decades. In order to effectively protect the land, water, and recreational resources in the region, The Conservation Alliance will be joining groups advocating for protection of the Dolores River Canyon Country landscape through a permanent public lands designation.
D-1 Lands – Alaska
Alaska’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands harbor some of the largest intact landscapes left in the country. From the temperate rainforests of Southeast Alaska to north of Nome, these lands connect tens of millions of acres of important habitat and provide natural climate refuge for many animal species. We are advocating for the continued protection of 28 million acres while the Bureau of Land Management considers an environmental impact statement.
Bureau of Land Management Public Lands Rule
The Bureau of Land Management oversees 245 million acres of public lands – but current land management favors resource extraction over conservation and recreation. The Public Lands Rule making is an opportunity to change that. We’re working to amplify our members’ voices and highlight special places across the west to ensure that the rule prioritizes our community’s values: increasing access to outdoor recreation, improving user experience across our public lands, growing the outdoor industry, strengthening recreation-based economies, and responsible energy development across the western United States.
Grand Canyon – Arizona
The Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument was designated by President Biden in August, 2023. This monument permanently protects nearly 1 million acres of public land adjacent to and surrounding the iconic Grand Canyon National Park. It also protects sacred homelands for surrounding tribes as well as the critical Colorado watershed and will further ensure outdoor recreation opportunities in the area.